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Celebration of life fun day brings live music to Bishop Middleham
A FAMILY fun day set up in memory of a teenager who died a few weeks after his 18th birthday has developed into a celebration of the lives of all lost loved ones.
Now in its third year, the Celebration of Life festival brings live music, five-a-side football, a fun fair and a host of other fun activities to Bishop Middleham, near Sedgefield, in County Durham.
The annual fun day, which takes place in the village park from noon to 11.30pm on Saturday, September 14, was launched as a tribute to local teen Kyle Robinson, who died of a brain haemorrhage in 2010.
Friends and family of the popular trainee bricklayer were keen to organise an event that reflected his cheerful personality.
The inaugural fun day raised more than £2,000 for the neurological department of James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, while last year almost £2,500 was raised for the Great North Air Ambulance.
This year, the chosen charity is the Make-A-Wish-Foundation for seriously ill children, and the party looks set to be the biggest and best to date.
One of the main attractions will be a live music marquee, featuring Katy Perry and Rihanna tribute acts.
Joanie Sheehan, who is organising the fun day with Julie Hall, said: “The event has grown each year and we want it to be a celebration of the lives of all the young people from the area who have died before their time.”
Sandra North, Mr Robinson’s mother, said: “It is very emotional for me. When I arrive at the park and see that marquee, I look up to the sky and say ‘this is for you kid.”
Tickets for the night performances cost £6 for adults and £3 for children. Daytime activities are free.
To book contact Ms Sheehan on 07841-087827.
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